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THE Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club has an­nounced the Great Whit­sun­day Fun Race on Au­gust 19 will be run for the 40th and last time.

Over the years, this event has taken on many guises, how­ever in re­cent times, the event has strug­gled to fit into to­day’s busy life­style for many peo­ple.

Ac­cord­ing to the club’s com­modore, Stu Har­ris, the club has taken the de­ci­sion to make this the last fun race, and hopes as many boats as pos­si­ble will par­tic­i­pate.

Run­ning the event di­rectly af­ter Air­lie Beach Race Week en­ables the club to utilise the in­fra­struc­ture of the ma­jor event and gen­er­ate the in­ter­est of vis­it­ing yachties.

In an ef­fort to make the last fun race a mem­o­rable event, Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club will con­duct a slightly dif­fer­ent for­mat, while still main­tain­ing its tra­di­tions.

As in past years, the theme for the event is “Pi­rates”, and the club an­tic­i­pates that boats and crew will dress up in their best pi­rate re­galia.

The race it­self, be­ing a fun event, will in­tro­duce some ad­di­tional bonuses to en­cour­age many of the cruis­ing boats in town over that pe­riod.

Time bonus will be given to boats car­ry­ing typ­i­cal cruis­ing fitout such as a ten­der on davits, colour TV, and a wa­ter maker, just to name a few.

The event will be con­ducted within Pioneer Bay, with the start and fin­ish within easy sight of the Air­lie Beach town­ship.

The race will start at 11am with the in­tent of hav­ing all boats fin­ished by 3pm

Af­ter rac­ing, com­peti­tors will be in­vited back to the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club for the tra­di­tional party, with food and drinks, fol­lowed by pre­sen­ta­tion of prizes and awards.

Fur­ther de­tails will be avail­able on the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s web­site or by call­ing 4946 6138.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NO MORE FUN: The Great Whit­sun­day Fun Race will be run for the last time this year.

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